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Comparing the Monaco Grand Prix with the Indy 500

This year, two of the world's greatest motor races take place on the same day. On Sunday 25 May, the 2014 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix starts at 12 p.m. UTC (1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. EDT). A few hours later, it's the turn of the Indy 500, scheduled to start at 4:12 p.m. UTC (5:12 p.m. BST, 12:12 p.m. EDT). The races form two of the three parts of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the other being the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But that's the only thing they have in common—Monaco and the Indy 500 are like chalk and cheese. One is run on the tight, twisty streets of the world's second-smallest country. The 2013 race's fastest lap was done at an average speed of just 97 miles an hour (157 kilometres an hour). The other takes place on a vast, sprawling...

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